The 1991/92 season saw Lennie Lawrence appointed Middlesbrough manager after a nine year spell at Charlton Athletic.

Shaun Wilson


Lawrence never played league football, turning out for non-league sides Croydon, Carshalton Athletic and Sutton United.

His first managerial role came at Plymouth Argyle where he worked alongside former Boro boss Malcolm Allison.

His tenure at The Valley covered the period when the club had to leave The Valley in 1985. He was lured to Teesside after the departure of Colin Todd and immediately had to sort the future of Alan Kernaghan who had looked to be South East London bound after he had been on loan with The Addicks the previous season.

His first season proved to be a huge success when his side, which included new signings Paul Wilkinson and Willie Falconer, led the side to promotion to the inaugural Premier League.

After a promising start the following campaign, the side started to slide down the table and were relegated.

After failing to reach the play-offs in 1993/94 he was relieved of his duties, but not before he helped recruiting his replacement Bryan Robson.

He later had spells as manager at Bradford City, Luton Town, Grimsby Town and Cardiff City. He is currently involved in the management team at Newport County.